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This article should have been posted early of the school year, but it was slipped. This year I have a fourth and a fifth graders. My youngest son, Jim, is doing part time home schooling. He is in kindergarten.
We use Mathmammoth as our spine in Mathematics. To support kids with drilling and problem solving practically, we combine the 5 minutes drill using Ray's Arithmetics, which was suggested by Maria Miller. Although their sequence doesn't match our national curriculum, they are combined very well. We won't skip the national curriculum checklist to make sure that we get similar topics with different approach or methods.
Ken, the fifth grader, is doing 5A and 5B.
Tom, the fourth grader, is doing 4A and 4B
To engage their learning enthusiasm, Tom , the fourth grader, and Jim are doing 35 minutes session for reflexmath everyday.
We are doing some methods of reading, such as guided reading, reading aloud, shared reading, and individual silent reading. For guided reading, we use readingatoz. It is an amazing site with thousand leveled books accompanied with reading strategy, vocabulary, word study, and comprehension practice. Some of the activities are continued with writing. To follow up this writing, we use some writing books, published by Evan Moor:
- How to Write a Story
- Non Fiction Writing
Beside guided reading, kids start listening fiction reading and analysing the elements of the stories. As alternatives, kids individually reading McGuffey aloud and we discuss the morale.
We are planning to do writing more seriously. We use Writing with Ease by Susan Wise Bauer twice in a week.
We used to use First Language Lesson Series by Jessie Wise. Considering English is not our first language, we need something more intense with written rules. I tried to find out some grammar curricula which are not too much and too easy. What a hard task. Now we are using Grammar and Punctuation, published by Evan Moor. We also use Daily Paragraph Editing 5 minutes a day to get kids understand the English sentence structure and conventions.
Spelling Workout has been working well with us since the first time. Both of them are doing Spelling Workout D.
We base the science lessons on our Indonesian National Curriculum. We take the resources from plenty of places, depends on the topics. This year topics will be:
- Food Chain
We will do Grade 5 Indonesian National Curriculum and some South East Asia Country studies. Mainly we will do naration and notebooking. For World History, which is another part of Social Studies, we use The Story of The World by Susan Wise Bauer. Now we are doing the first volume, which is about Ancient World